Member Blogs Archive > May 2018

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Little Big Love by Katy Regan

    Wed, 16 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Zac wants to make his mother happy.  There's only one way to make mom happy and that will make his grandparents unhappy.  What should he do?  Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June on June 12th.Zac finds his mother's love and finds he loves him, too.  But he also finds out why his mother's brother died that night.  How much his mother loves and how sometimes a small love can be very big.When the whole truth comes out, who is going to be left standing?  Who will love Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Tom Wolfe: Fiction, Journalism, and Legacy

    Wed, 16 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Tom Wolfe, acclaimed journalist and writer, has died at the age of 88. In his honor, we revisit his life and work today. The prospect of writing a blog post on Tom Wolfe and his influence is daunting. The man who has been such a presence in the world of American letters these past forty years, having authored The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987) and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968), looms large, not just over a new generation of writers and journalists, but over the blogosphere in particular. He did, after all, call out blogs for being "a universe Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    A Spring Lunch

    Wed, 16 May 2018 07:02:00 Permalink
    Last week we did not have Pistil Lunch because Sean and I were on a little trip to Portland,OR and then to the ocean on the Long Beach peninsula for one night.  Kam held down the fort and took care of the bookstore while we were gone.Today's lunch was attended by Amy, Sean, Troy, Kam, and Sue Perry, a friend and painter.  When we operated our brick and mortar retail store we always had art shows in our book shop, and Sue was the first artist whose work we displayed when we opened in 1993.  Recently she has been working Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh, Elsie Chapman

    Tue, 15 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's a great collection of Asian Fairy Tales that are different from our tales.  They have many gods, mountains, demons, animals and their stories are unusual.Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 26th.There are fifteen tales here and all of them were entertaining.  I especially enjoyed the first and the last tales.  In the first, a man falls in love with the princess of the mountain.  It's a good thing she didn't know what really happened to him.In the last tale, a man falls in love with a Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A Glossary of Book Binding Terms

    Tue, 15 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    For anyone interested in book collecting, understanding the terminology used in the book buying and selling industry is essential. When it comes to a book’s binding, there are many descriptors that are used. Do you know the difference between half bound and quarter bound? What does it mean if a book’s been shaken? Can you describe the difference between Octavo and Quarto? Let us help with this glossary of book binding terms. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast by Samantha M. Clark

    Mon, 14 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if you washed up on the beach and didn't know how you go there or where home is?  Could you hind your way home?Simon & Shuster/Paula Wiseman Book and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you)  It will be published on June 26th.The only sign of home is a light that shows up every night.  He decides he will find his way back home no matter what.  He doesn't anticipate how hard it will it will be or how much of a challenge it will be but refuses to give up.  Does he have enough fortitude Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Just a Dream

    Sun, 13 May 2018 11:11:53 Permalink
    Anne Marie and I are back in Cork City, just around the corner from where we stayed the first time we came here, in the summer of 1998. My first book, Gone Boy, was about to come out, and Anne Marie didn’t want any part of the publicity that was sure to ensue. She decided that she and our daughter Celia would spend Celia’s third year of high school somewhere in Ireland.Continue reading Just a Dream at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Yosemite Fall by Scott Graham

    Sun, 13 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Chuck is going back to an old Indian goldmine to investigate a 150 year old pair of murders.  He's taking his family and he intends to do some rock climbing there.  He never expected to get caught up in a new murder while there...Torrey House Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 12th.Chuck's daughter is extraordinarily talented on the rocks, making the right decisions and remaining calm.  Her little sister is her cheering section, and Mom loves Chuck a lot, just like he does her.  Now all they can Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen

    Sat, 12 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harry loves his trees.  He knows all their Latin names and he lusts over getting another for his collection.  That's why his wife is standing there waiting for him on the way to the movie.  And that's why the freak accident gets her.MIRA sent an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published June 12th.This was a different read.  There's Harry grieving for his wife and hiding in the woods and there is a young woman searching for her Dad.  She sees Harry but avoids him.  As time goes on, they get a bit Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Who Is Mother Goose? The Curious Mystery of Everyone's Favorite Mother

    Fri, 11 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    With Mother's Day approaching, we thought it would be a fine time to revisit the history of everyone's favorite mother: Mother Goose. Whether she exists in your mind as a clucking bird, a gentle elderly woman, or a combination of both, the image of Mother Goose is universally synonymous with joy, childhood, storytelling, and safety. Her origins reach back to the sixteenth century, prior to the birth of the fairy tale, and her future attaches to the minds of millions of young children every year. But who is Mother Goose? Who came up with her, and what exactly does she Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Brief Cases by Jim Butcher

    Fri, 11 May 2018 01:15:00 Permalink
    This is a mixed bag of short stories about Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard.  Harry does things the way he wants with those he likes to work with.  Needless to day, that doesn't go over well in a professional society...Ace and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on June 5th.I found this collection very interesting.  It's full of pieces.  Beginnings and endings and even some way before with other characters.  You might be reading some pieces that sound familiar but even they have chunks of odd new information that Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Hawkman by Jane Rosenberg LaForge

    Thu, 10 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an eerie tale that seems to repeat itself again and again in wartime.  He's been so battered and bruised even when he was innocent he gained the nickname "Hawkman."Amberjack Publishing and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.Along the way he meets a Jewish school mistress who wants to save him from himself.  As the tale goes on and on, few things alter.   He moves in with her and they hide together.  Half the time he still hides from her.  War damaged people take a long time to Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    To Neverland… and Beyond!

    Wed, 09 May 2018 10:14:14 Permalink
    “Life is a long lesson in humility.” Would you imagine that the person who wrote this somewhat jarring quote above also once wrote, “‘Wendy,’ Peter Pan continued in a voice that no woman has ever yet been able to resist, ‘Wendy, one girl is more use than twenty boys.’”? Well you might be surprised to […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Stone's Throw: An Ellie Stone Mystery by James W Ziskin

    Wed, 09 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When a building burns on an old property, the sheriff barely checks it. He calls it arson and closes the case.  But a reporter finds two dead people in the barn...Seven Street Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.Ellie Stone finds this isn't a new story.  Thoroughbred horse-racing can be deadly and can be rigged by those good at writing.  Somehow a jockey from Canada has been working in New York under another name.  He was declareded dead long ago and now they think he's the man who Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Best Books From Kenya

    Wed, 09 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Are you traveling to Nairobi or hoping to learn more about nations in East Africa through fiction? We have some literature recommendations for you to check out. Keep reading for a list of just a handful of the best books from Kenya. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

    Tue, 08 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    A woman goes into the funeral parlor to plan her funeral.  She wants it done her own way.  Six hours later she's dead.  Someone strangled her...Harper and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.This is an odd little tale.  An ex-policeman offers a book deal to a writer.  He wants to write about this investigation that he intends to solve and get 50% of the profit.  The writer hasn't written true crime before but the case interests him.  The only problem is that these two get along like oil and Read More
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    Six Interesting Facts About Anne Rice

    Tue, 08 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Horror novelist Anne Rice is best known for her Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches series. Since publishing her first novel, Interview With the Vampire in the 1970s, she has published extensively in both the horror and erotic fiction genres, becoming one of the most popular writers living today. Her work has explored the nature of good, evil, and humanity through the lens of horror fiction and monsters like vampires, witches, werewolves, and mummies. Her work has been adapted into movies, comics, musicals, and she and her son Christopher Rice are currently working to adapt her fiction into a television series Read More
  • from ten pound island book company


    Tue, 08 May 2018 05:51:21 Permalink
    This is the main entrance to the Whaling Museum. It used to be a quaint little place, but now it has expanded to occupy an entire city block. Whaling museums flourish in inverse proportion to the whales themselves.I forgot to blog about this past weekend’s show at the New Bedford Whaling Museum! Sorry.It was a good show, featuring good eats.This is Elizabeth’s Restaurant in Fairhaven, just down the street from where I stay.Continue reading Oops! at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The High Climber of Dark Water Bay by Caroline Arden

    Mon, 07 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Lizzie is an orphan who lives with her sister and her husband.  The depression is making money short for everyone, so when her uncle writes and offers to give her a job for the summer, her sister makes arrangements to send her.  Lizzie isn't excited to be sent to a logging camp but she has no choice.  She also has to travel by herself...Turner and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.Her uncle was to meet her but he's not there when she arrives.  She does see the name of Read More
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    Fire in the Hatch by E.C.R. Lorac

    Sun, 06 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a wounded war veteran who wants to rent the Little Thatch long term.  He plans to marry in the future.  He likes living alone and minding his own business.  That still didn't keep him from getting killed...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review.  It will be published June 5th.The thatch burns down and takes him with it.  Everyone believes it was an accident except his previous superior and the neighbor renting to him.  Finally Inspector Mcdonald is called in.  He finds various odd facts but nothing that amounts to proof.  But he doesn't Read More
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    Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

    Sat, 05 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her boyfriend died in his senior year.  She mourned him for months and now a friend of hers has asked her to come stay with them at an old house close to the quarry.  Does she know her friends as well as she thinks she does?  She knows he didn't commit suicide even if that's what the police think.Delacourte Sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.This is a strange story.  Beatrice and her six friends are caught up in a circle of time.  They have so much time Read More
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    Dreams of Falling by Karen White

    Fri, 04 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Larkin gets a phone call saying her mother is missing, she leaves New York and goes to find her.  She's been fragile lately and she wants to be sure she'd OK.  It's been nine years since she left and she'd rather not go back but she has no choice...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.She was totally mortified by a boy she had a crush on and her father was having an affair.  She left for the big city where no one would know the past Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    What Is a Frontispiece?

    Fri, 04 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    We think it’s safe to assume that if you’re reading this article you enjoy books. You also probably believe, as we do, that books are important physical objects: they are important collectibles and keepsakes that you can feel, hold in your hand, page through, and examine the condition of. Indeed, we like to place an emphasis on the physical copy of a book as an object to be treasured. In our efforts to do so, we’d like to examine some of the features that make books, especially rare books, so special. Today, we’re focusing on frontispieces. What is a frontispiece? Read More
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    Seven Bad Cats by Moe Bonneau

    Thu, 03 May 2018 10:47:00 Permalink
    I'm a cat person.  I have two Bengal cats we both love (they picked their humans) and they're charming, amusing and keep you entertained.  So do the ones in this story!Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.A little girl heads out to go fishing.  When she gets in her boat, the cats follow her.  They're no help.  They eat her bait, try to nap on the oars, shred her sails, and when it seems like they've done all the damage they can, they manage to turn over Read More
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    Collecting the Works of Dean Koontz

    Thu, 03 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Like the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, Dean Koontz is a man of many names. Following the advice of an early publisher, Koontz determined that he might alienate fans of one genre by publishing under his own name in another. Given how many genres Koontz was going to publish in, it was necessary to have a whole host of pseudonyms (like David Axton, Leigh Nichols, and Brian Coffey) to preserve his image across his various milieus, which ranged from horror and thrillers to satire, science fiction, and mystery. Given that he was, during his era of peak productivity, publishing as many Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Food for Thought

    Thu, 03 May 2018 01:37:00 Permalink
    Today at lunch Kam and I were joined by local artist Jon Strongbow who came by to pick up a book he ordered.  Kam and Jon have only met each other a couple of times, but they must be fashion soul mates as this photo taken outside our front gate attests:The day was bright and sunny and we were able to sit on the balcony.  For lunch today we had a salad with romaine lettuce, red cabbage, yellow carrots, cherry tomatoes, and toasted pumpkin seeds; served with this we had roasted golden beets, grilled onions and sweet peppers, olives, pepperoncini, Read More
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    Tiny Crimes by Lincoln Michel, Nadxieli Nieto

    Wed, 02 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a collection of short short stories.  It's an eclectic grouping of odd stories that will make you think.  If you don't follow them closely you might not get it.  And some really had no ending.  It's an unusual interesting read.Black Balloon Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 5th.The first story is the most confusing and the most ironic.  There are four characters all named John.  They are planning a heist.  The manager is the one planning it.  The John's working for him plan to Read More
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    "Bulgakov Diplomacy" and Redesigning the Contemporary Russian Literature Canon

    Wed, 02 May 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Generally speaking, 19th-century Russian novels have been read in literature classes across the globe for many decades. From Tolstoy’s War and Peace and Anna Karenina to Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, lists of classic literature would not be complete without numerous additions from the Russian “canon.” But what do most of us know about contemporary Russian literature? That’s the question that was posed in an article that appeared in Foreign Policy Magazine. In short, literature from the Cold War era and the fiction from the years following the disintegration of the Soviet Union has not been circulated Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Tavistock Books Welcomes Samm Fricke to the Team!

    Wed, 02 May 2018 01:05:25 Permalink
    Tavistock Books welcomes its newest member into the fold – Ms. Samm Fricke! After over a decade of experience in new/used book business, Samm is beginning the next phase of her life in the antiquarian book business – a step we are happy to watch her take, right here at Tavistock Books! Where are you from? […] Read More
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    Sawdust in His Shoes by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

    Tue, 01 May 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Joe has grown up in the circus.  He's a bareback rider who lives to perform.  He knows he's good, and he's hoping he can become a star attraction.  When he rides out hearing the crowd cheering for him, he's on a high.  He knows good things are coming.  Then he hears the big cat's growling...Edelweiss and Plough Publishing House let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.His father is big cat trainer and he's also the victim of a big cat attack.  All of sudden, Joe is all alone in the world except Read More
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